Behaviour Management Policy

The Management of Stepping Stones believe that children should be encouraged to grow and develop to their full potential in a suitably planned environment, where they know what is expected of them, and where clear limits are set, appropriate to their age and stage of development and any special needs they may have.


Children’s efforts, achievements and feelings will always be acknowledged so as to promote the growth of self-esteem and self-discipline. The service will strive to manage behaviour consistently in order that children have the security of knowing what to expect and can build up good patterns of self-discipline. Adults working in the service must be good role models by following codes of behaviour and showing respect for each other and the children. Rules that apply to children and adults in the group will be discussed and agreed. These rules will be made known to all adults, staff, parents/guardians and children. Rules will be kept to a minimum.


It is recognised that the key to behaviour management is good observation skills in the adult. Any challenging behaviour is identified, document and brought to the attention of parents. Ongoing discussion, training and practice will be availed of in the skills of behaviour management.

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